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Keyflower Orchid

Dactylorhiza aristata

Description:

Orchid native to far east Russia, NE China, Korea and Japan and east to west Alaska and Aleutian Islands. A perennial growing from tubers, it has a flower stem 20-40cm high. Leaves are elongate green waxy and often spotted black with 3-4 per flower stem at the base. Dense flowering at the top of the stem. Colour ranges widely from pink through blue/purple.

Habitat:

These plants seen on Kamchatka Peninsular growing in coastal swamp margins but was also observed higher up in crowberry fields and herb gardens up to 1,000 m.

Notes:

The colour variation and leaf spotting seemed most random from the plants I observed but the most numerous by far were the darker blue and purple varieties. Images show specimens of both.

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triggsturner
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triggsturner

Камчатский край, Russian Federation

Spotted on Jun 26, 2015
Submitted on Feb 17, 2016

Spotted for Mission

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